Adaptive Scuba Diving - The sport of Scuba Diving transforms lives for Veterans and other with physical restrictions

August 17, 2019

 

What is Adaptive Diving? 

 

The definition for adaptive diving varies from person to person.   Perhaps because Adaptive Diving itself varies from person to person.  The term itself is simple enough to understand though.  It is a method of training people with a variety of disabilities to Scuba dive with as much independence as possible.   Adapting diving skills based on physical restrictions is hard enough. At Indigo, we are committed to design adaptive dive products to enhance adaptive diver's mobility, independence and experience in the water.  

 

 

 

Chrissy - adaptive Diver tester now dives and swims

regularly at her gym. Indigo adaptive fins have given

her the ability to exercise often and swim independently 

on her dives. 

 

Check out the video of Chrissy in action with her Indigo Industries adaptive diving scuba fins.

 

 

 

Why is it important to develop Adaptive Diving Products? 

 

"Whether they are a prisoner of their mind or of their body, water helps set them free."

 

- Ranch Pratt, CEO, Indigo Industries and Indigo Tactical on Adaptive Scuba 

Indigo Industries unveiled to the world the first line of adaptive scuba diving products designed for independence of amputee and PTSD Veterans as well as Indigo’s program to help this epidemic.  Indigo Industries and its sister company Indigo Tactical began work on adaptive product in 2017 and in 2018 adopted it as their cause.   The mission is battle this growing problem by developing scuba products that truly help these amazing men and women be more independent in the water.  Indigo collaborated with Adaptive Diving Association in an effort to develop fins that will give adaptive divers a sense of independence. Alternative therapies for amputee and PTSD veterans have been on the rise in recent years.  Scuba diving is one of the top alternative therapies and Indigo’s line will increase divers independence and ability. 

 

        “Since Indigo’s launch at DEMA 2016, we have been searching for a cause we wanted to get

          involved in.  Adaptive diving has evolved into a natural fit for our brand.  Adaptive divers have a

          relentless passion for diving. We are committed to these people… we are committed to

          veterans and will do everything we can to give these divers the best possible diving 

          experience.”

                                    - Ranch Pratt, CEO, Indigo Industries.

 

The initial Indigo Adaptive Diver line will feature Adaptive scuba fins, adaptive scuba DPV or underwater scooter and scuba BCD

 

The Adaptive fins are crafted for divers with below knee (Bk) and above the knee (AK) leg circumstances.

The Adaptive tank mount DPV will be similar to the Indigo Nautilus XP but will have modifications which will allow the diver to change the motor positions in the water.  The motor adjustments will give adaptive divers with limited neck movement the ability to power their way through a dive in the direction and position that is most efficient for them.

The Adaptive chest mount BCD gives divers who can’t control body roll the ability to utilize our Nautilus XP DPV but mount it safely on their chest to eliminate body roll.

 

The Adaptive BCD will be similar to the Indigo BZ-Tactical but with a few attachments to assist adaptive divers.  This system features our patented MATIC system, which allows place and removal of the adaptive divers tank at any moment while keep the adaptive diver flotation system on them at all times.

 

The Adaptive Diver Association has been an essential part of the momentum and concepting idea behind the adaptive diver fins.  When we met the Adaptive Diver Association group at DEMA 2017, they convinced us that our Indigo Tactical line of fins could be modified for adaptive divers.   Kenneth (Jim) Hoser worked with our engineering team and developed an adaptive diver fin that can fit a variety of individual sizes and circumstances. 

           “When I approached Indigo at DEMA about getting involved into adaptive diving they were the

            first manufacture to actually listen and want to put a research and development investment

            into adaptive divers.  I informed them they were almost there with their tactical line and they

            wanted to hear more.  Its also refreshing to see a manufacture actually want the 

            association be involved with the process instead of taking the idea and running with it.”

                                    - Kenneth (Jim) Hoser, Founder, Adaptive Diver Association.